Last PTA Community Meeting of the year is next week. Will you join us?

Wednesday, April 10 @ 6-8pm in the cafeteria


Please join us for the final - and arguably the most important - PTA community meeting of the school year. We provide the dinner and the free childcare (drop off in the art room); you provide the thoughtful input, unique perspective, and your voting arm! In addition to receiving important info related to your student’s education and school experience, you’ll also be voting on next year’s PTA board members as well as the 2019-20 PTA budget. It’s a big night, and your participation is so important.


Questions? Reach out to any of your PTA board members:


Patrick Ehlen, President

Ranjani Ramakrishna, Contracts

Amy Millward, Communications

Monica Devoe, Treasurer

Matthias Troitzch, Financial Secretary

Tim Hickey, Secretary



Welcome Tour & Coffee with the Principal + NT Families

Tuesday, April 9 @ 9:45am in the cafeteria (tour @ 9am)


Current families: Please come and bring some food for the potluck. Let’s give a warm welcome to families who are new to our school community!


Tour: 9:00am, school main entrance. The Tours Committee will lead a small tour for families who could not come in the Fall.


Coffee: 9:45am, cafeteria. We will have yummy food and coffee, and we’ll answer questions that new families may have. Ms. Alderete will join us at 10am. Coffee is courtesy of Manitas Café.


Tours + Hospitality Committees



And speaking of new families - we need a new head of TOURS

Sheri Castilyn (Giana, 5th) is stepping down as head of tours, as this is her last year at New Traditions. Thank you for everything you have done for our school, Sheri! And now we’re looking for someone - or perhaps two people, if you work well as a team - to take on this role. For most parents, the tour was critical in helping us to envision our child at New Traditions. Would you consider being a part of shaping that experience for next year’s prospective parents? Please reach out to Sheri if you’re curious:



Purchase a dedication in the 2018-19 yearbook!


Would you like to purchase a dedication for your student in this year’s yearbook?


Here are the price breakdowns for the dedications:

1/16 page: $50 (usually can accommodate text)

1/8 page: $75 (usually can accommodate a photo or text)

1/4 page: $150 (usually can accommodate a photo AND text)


Reach out to Jon Michaelsen at if you’re interested in doing this.



Save the Date: Discovery Festival 2019 is on the Horizon


Now that the sun is shining and the days are getting warmer, it’s easier to picture ourselves at the annual Discovery Festival!

Sunday, May 5th 12-4pm


A special message from Lila and Andrea, creators of the Discovery Festival:


This is going to be the 5th year that we have been celebrating the Discovery Festival with you. At the end of this year, Andrea will be joining Lila in moving on from New Traditions, and we both want you all to know that it has been a wonderful experience creating this event for, and with, all of you. Thank you so much to all our team leaders, and to everyone who has volunteered/baked/made salads/manned a booth/run a game/or just attended this awesome event. We will miss you all and look forward to seeing what you create after we are both gone.


If you are interested in participating this year, please contact Andrea at or Leah Cohen at  


So mark your calendar, and check out these ways you can start getting ready for the fun....



Discovery Festival Bake Sale


Who loves baking? I want to get the word out now so people have time to make their baking plans for the festival. The bake sale table is always fabulous and it cannot happen without you!


We will need LOTS of homemade baked goods for the bake sale table and to supply the Cupcake Walk Game (like a cake walk) with delicious cupcakes for every winner. The more volume and variety the better.



  • Homemade baked goods only please. Things with visual appeal are what sell first so get creative!

  • Nothing store bought as those items do not sell well.  

  • Cupcakes and cookies are very popular. Don't forget about things like bread, muffins, pies, tarts, etc.

  • No nuts in anything!

  • Some vegan and gluten free baked items are much appreciated.

  • Please individually wrap each item to maintain freshness and cleanliness. This especially applies to cookies. Wrapping cupcakes is not necessary. Use of clear plastic wrap or bags is best.

  • Bring your donations in disposable containers like paper bags, boxes or foil pans as the containers will not be returned.


Please let me know if there are any questions. Thanks so much!


Sheri Castilyn (Giana, Rm 7)



Discovery Festival Ticket Booth Volunteers Needed


As the parent in charge of the Discovery Festival ticket booth, I am looking for 14 volunteers to work at the booths this year. Shifts are either from 11:30am-1:45pm or 1:30pm-3:45pm. You are also welcome to sign up as a pair if you want to split a shift with someone. The shifts overlap so that the first shift volunteers can train the second shift volunteers. Ticket booth volunteers orient festival goers to the Festival and sell food and game tickets. There are two booths, one at the front entrance and one at the back entrance. It is easy and fun!


Sign up sheet for ticket booth shifts



Thank you so much!


Lisa Borah-Geller

(mom to Lucas Geller, grade 4, and Lila Geller, grade 7 alumna and current Roosevelt student)



Parents/Caregivers - if you love a good board game, you’re in luck!


Join a handful of other parents/caregivers for a New Traditions Moms and/or Dads Board Game Night. We've done a couple of these in a smaller circle before and would like open it up to everybody! First 8 to RSVP yes are in:



DIY Family Camp by New Traditions Parents!


Are you looking for options for what to do the first 3 days of summer break? Either just for your kid (drop off) or with your kid, but you'd prefer company for yourself and your kid(s)?


If so, join us for a DIY Family Camp - Explore SF. We just did one of these for Lunar New Year, and the kids had a blast. Good hiking, community snack and lunch, and lots of play. Not too many summer camps are offered for those awkward first 3 days, and I don't actually want a camp just yet. So let's create our own adventure! No age restriction.


Tentative plan

Day 1, Wednesday, 6/5: Hike Lands End (El Camino Del Mar and 32nd), lunch at Sutro Bath, afternoon at Ocean Beach. Uber/Lyft back to starting point.


Day 2, Thursday, 6/6: Start at Conservatory of Flowers and walk/scooter/bike to Park Chalet. Snack/lunch at blue playground. Pick up at Park Chalet.


Day 3, Friday, 6/7: Academy of Sciences or Zoo or Discovery Museum or Magic Mountain Park & Curiodyssey or TBD. All of these are up for discussion and will be finalized based on preferences of attending families.


RSVP Here:


Cost: NONE, of course. If you'd like to donate to our NT PTA, just follow the link below. Suggested donation is 0-$20 for any kids joining with an adult.


Drop Off Option: You can also drop off your kid (suggested donation to NT FONT: $75), if we have enough adults joining to ensure a 5:1 ratio. Feel free to sign up and indicate it's for 1 child only, no adults, and a few weeks before the day, we'll confirm.


Please feel free to RSVP “Maybe” if you're intrigued, but can't commit right now.


Lucia Wallace (Oliver & Elliot in 2nd, Otto in K)



Bienvenue en classe de français! Welcome to French class!


2019-2020 registrations are now open for incoming kindergarteners and current New Traditions students for EFBA’s French after-school program.


For the 2019-2020 school year, New Traditions will continue to offer EFBAs twice-weekly French after-school classes for French-speaking and Non-French speaking students. Education Francaise Bay Area's French classes are built on play-based, appealing and varied activities: the EFBA teachers’ main motivation is to make children eager to learn, read, write and speak French. We teach French as a Foreign Language (FLE) for children who do not speak French at home, or Anglophones, and French as a Native Language (FLAM) for French native speakers, or Francophones. The EFBA after-school program includes 54 classes, spread out over the course of the school year (September through May). Classes meet twice per week. Each class is 1.5 hours long, with 30 minutes of playtime before class begins.

Classes Offered


Petits, Moyens & Grands Francophones:


PLAYTIME: 30 min (starts at 3:30pm)

CLASS: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Starting date: September 18th, 2019*


French Second Language 1 & 2:


PLAYTIME: 30 min (starts at 3:30pm)

CLASS: 4:00 to 5:30 pm

Starting date: September 19th, 2019*


*Please note that starting dates are subject to change. In this case, the admission office will inform you.

Enroll, FAQ, and Questions


Enroll at:

EFBA website:



Financial aid: Any family wishing to apply for financial aid may do so by filling out the application online after May 1, 2018.


Any questions, or interested in an info-session later this spring?

Contact EFBA/NT parent liaison Amy Balkin at:



The Renegade Tinkering Club Summer Camps


The Renegade Tinkering Club is excited to announce our new Haight summer camp location at Xian Yan Academy on Page Street at Stanyan.


Girls only and coed kids STEM camps for rising 1st - 6th graders include: Chemistry (investigate substances and the ways in which they interact, combine and change), Take Flight (launch your imagination into the stratosphere by making a variety of flying machines and exploring the concept of aeronautics), Tinker Tales (create a graphic novel by building small scale sets and characters, taking photos with iPad and printing to combine with your handwritten final story), Toymakers (make toys, then play with them all the while exploring the science behind them).


Register today at



Support Ceramics Teacher Mandy on her AIDS LIFECYCLE ride!


The week of April 15-19 is Bike & Roll To School Week (more on that soon) - and at the end of that week, Friday, April 19th, Ms. Mandy will be selling some of her ceramic wares at drop off and pick up times to raise money and awareness for her AIDS LIFECYCLE ride. Be sure to take a look to support one of our teachers as well as a great cause!



Buchanan YMCA Summer Camps @ New Traditions


This summer the Buchanan YMCA summer camps will be held at New Traditions!


Here’s a message from Bill Burke, Buchanan YMCA’s Senior Director of Community Programs:


We have a new camp model this summer and we have developed themes, specialty camps, field trips, project based activities and a summer learning loss curriculum focused on engaging our youth throughout the summer. Jackson Livingston, who used to be our New Traditions Site Coordinator and now is our current Site Coordinator at our Chinese Immersion De Avila After School program, will be our Camp Coordinator, overseeing all of our programs and offerings.


You can find more information about our camp by visiting our website or by viewing our brochure. We have tentatively set our field trips for each week as well, and for that information please feel free to email me:  


Below is some information which is in our brochure:


Camp Locations:

New Traditions: June 10-July 19th

Buchanan YMCA: July 22nd-August 9th



Please feel free to reach out to Jackson or myself if you have any questions about the camp. We know you have a lot of options to choose for the summer, and we hope you choose the Buchanan YMCA!


415-292-3032 Direct

415-931-9622 Branch



Panhandle Playground - Construction Begins April 8


Dear Panhandle Playground Friends,


I’m very excited to announce that we will begin construction on Monday, April 8!  The entire playground and surrounding areas will close for the construction duration.  The basketball courts, rain garden, and bathrooms will remain open. The south pathway will remain open for the majority of construction, but we expect it to close intermittently at key moments during the work to ensure the safety of park users & construction staff.  During those times, pedestrian traffic will be re-routed through the park. For your safety, please heed all posted closure notices! Updated signs will be posted on site this week to alert playground and park users of the upcoming closure. We’ll also post updated information on Next Door and our project website.




Want to follow along and see how construction is progressing?  Check out the project website and blog for photos and updates once construction is underway:


And finally, please save the date for a Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 25, 11:00 am.  More details to come!




Cara Ruppert

Project Manager



Raise $$ for our school by ordering from Good Eggs!



How to join the fundraiser








Enter the code FONT2019 –– click "Shop Now.”




Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.




New customers get $15 off with this code

and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser,

our school also gets a $500 fundraising bonus.


Fundraiser terms & details


5% will count back to the school on all orders placed between February 25 and April 30.

You must use the code FONT2019 on your first order to enroll in the fundraiser.



Summer Camp @ Booker T. Washington


I would like to introduce you to the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center After School and Day Camp programs. We will host our annual Spring Camp on March 25-29th and Summer Day Camp June 10-August 9th. We have provided youth development services for over 60 years and work with great partners like the University of San Francisco, Recology, Treasure Island Sailing Club, Trips for Kids, and many more to provide a comprehensive and enriching experience. See our flyers attached. Contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.


Jerry Trotter




School Calendar



4/4 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

4/9 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee/Potluck & New Families Welcome (cafeteria)

4/10 (Wednesday) 6-8pm: PTA Community Meeting #4 - everyone is welcome!



5/2 (Thursday) 5-7pm: PTA Board Meeting (school library)

5/5 (Sunday) 12-4pm: Discovery Festival (upper and lower school yards)

5/16 (Thursday) 4-5:30pm: School Site Council Meeting (school library)

5/21 (Tuesday) 9:45am: Principal’s Coffee & Families Potluck (cafeteria)

5/27 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)

5/28 (Tuesday) 3:45-4:45pm: Greening Committee Meeting (library hallway)



6/1 (Saturday) 10am-2pm: Greening Day

6/4 (Tuesday): Last Day of School


Next School Year

8/19/19 (Monday): First Day of School

9/2/19 (Monday): Labor Day (school is closed)

10/14/19 (Monday): Indigenous Peoples' Day/Día De La Raza (school is closed)

11/11/19 (Monday): Veterans Day (school is closed)

11/25 - 11/29/19 (Monday-Friday): Thanksgiving Recess (school is closed)

12/23/19-1/3/20: Winter Break (school is closed)
1/20/20 (Monday): Martin Luther King Jr. Day (school is closed)

1/24/20 (Friday): Lunar New Year (schools closed, district offices open)

2/17/20 (Monday): Presidents Day (school is closed)

3/30/20 (Monday): César Chávez Day, observed (schools closed, district offices open)

3/30-4/3/30: Spring Break (school is closed)
5/25/20 (Monday): Memorial Day (school is closed)

6/2/20 (Tuesday): Last Day of School (K-12)

8/17/20 (Monday): First Day of School


Please tell us if we’ve missed something!



Get Your News In The Den


Do you have the lowdown on an event that you think would be of interest to the New Traditions community? Send it to Amy Millward at